Free COVID-19 testing offered Monday in Mtn. View

Through a partnership with Santa Clara County and the city of Mountain View, a free COVID-19 Mobile Testing Unit will be available on Monday (May 25) for a one-day, pop-up testing event. The mobile testing unit will operate 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rengstorff Park Aquatic Center (201 S. Rengstorff Ave.). The testing is free to everyone and does not require any insurance, appointments, documentation or pre-registration. Drive-ups, bike-ups or walk-ups are all welcome.

Because more businesses are reopening, the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health is encouraging more people to get tested. People over 60, people with pre-existing health conditions and people who have been around someone who has tested positive, should continue to get tested. In addition, anyone who has frequent contact with members of the public through healthcare work, food services (restaurants and grocery) or any other essential services, is encouraged to get tested monthly. Anyone who works in the long term healthcare or skilled nursing facility is encouraged to be tested every two weeks.

For more information on new testing guidelines, FAQs and where the closest testing location is for you, go to the


Cornell Fowler: Longtime resident made connections

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Mr. Fowler

Whether it was the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, the Day Worker Center of Mountain View or the Boss Barbell Club, Cornell Fowler seemed to make connections wherever he went.

Those who knew him are now mourning the loss of a man they say brought people together. Mr. Fowler, 64, died at El Camino Hospital May 12 after suffering multiple strokes.

Local photographer produces 'Postcards from the Porch' series

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Photographer Jennifer Townhill keeps her distance as she shoots a family portrait. She’s been taking photographs through windows and doorways during the pandemic.

Jennifer Townhill’s job as a photographer has been put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic, but it hasn’t stopped her from taking photos. She’s connecting with her subjects from a safe distance.

For more than two weeks, the Los Altos resident has been visiting the homes of local families and photographing them through their windows and doorways.

Making a difference: Los Altos foundation's Rapid Response Fund supports communities

This is the second in a two-part series highlighting the work of the Heising-Simons Foundation and its expanding focus amid the global health crisis.


Community Briefs, Cal Water, Kiwanis pet parade

Hidden Villa, Town Crier partner for art contest

Hidden Villa and the Los Altos Town Crier have joined forces to co-sponsor an art contest for all ages.

The prompt: Use any choice of two-dimensional medium, including paint, pastels, crayons or watercolors, to depict a favorite place at Hidden Villa, the Los Altos Hills farm and nature preserve.

Los Altos vet featured in Hormel film festival

Chuck Baker, second from right, leads a group of veterans in a weekly breakfast gathering that inspired a film.

World War II veteran pilot Chuck Baker of Los Altos is the subject of a short film that premiered last week as part of the Hormel Foods Film Festival, an online event featuring six profiles.

Baker, 101, whose adventures have been featured on occasion in the Town Crier, stars in the film “Chuck Baker’s Table of Honor.” He is interviewed with four other veterans – all serving in different branches of the military – who had been gathering every week at a local restaurant to share stories.

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